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Africa Pushes Rich Nations to Honour Promises to Tackle Climate Change

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The African Union is expected to call on rich nations to honour their promises to finance the continents efforts to tackle climate challenges.

This Month the Group of 20 nations will convene in Bali, Indonesia and the African Union will have a seat at the table with some of the world’s biggest polluters as it confronts the fallout from global warming.

G20 nations are responsible for 80% of global emissions, while Africa accounts for less than 4%.

The AU aims to use the opportunity to call on rich nations to honor their promises to tackle climate change, including providing developing countries with U$100 billion in financing each year.

Macky Sall, the president of Senegal who holds the AU’s rotating chairmanship, said, “Pledges haven’t been fulfilled.”

“There have been some efforts, but they’ve been below our expectations.” When the AU “joins the G20, we’ll be able to speak regularly to our partners,” he said.

South Africa is currently the only African member of the G20, and Sall expects the AU’s accession to the G20 to be approved at that meeting.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, he lamented Africa’s exclusion from groups such as the G20 and the Security Council, saying the continent needed to be represented at forums whose decisions affected its 1.4 billion people’s lives.